A marine had a lit­tle lamb and its fleece was white as snow. But now the marine’s heart­bro­ken be­cause his lamb’s no more

Ex-ser­vice­man builds cairn to his pet

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News - Craig McDon­ald

A for­mer marine who adopted an aban­doned lamb is heart­bro­ken af­ter the pet was ac­ci­den­tally poisoned.

Mir­ren be­came a fa­mil­iar sight in towns around Ayr­shire and Ren­frew­shire af­ter he was taken in by Jai Gib­son, 53.

The for­mer ser­vice­man would take the an­i­mal with him to pubs in Kil­birnie and Lochwin­noch, where it was pop­u­lar with lo­cals.

But the six-month-old lamb died in agony af­ter in­gest­ing weed­killer that had been sprayed onto grass.

Jai, who has buried Mir­ren close to the mo­bile home in which he lives near Kil­birnie, spoke of his sad­ness at the pet’s death.

He said: “Mir­ren was a great wee guy and ev­ery­body loved him.

“He went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia af­ter I adopted him and was a great com­pan­ion.

“I have built a lit­tle cairn to mark the spot where he lies.

“A few peo­ple thought it wasn’t right that I kept him as a pet but some­one will al­ways com­plain.

“I took very good care of him and I’m very sad that he’s gone.”

Jai added: “I usu­ally kept him in a field but it was an­other spot where he ac­ci­den­tally took in the weed­killer, which had been put onto grass.

“I could see some­thing wasn’t right and I rubbed my hands on the grass and re­alised it had been treated with some­thing.

“I gave him loads of milk to try to nul­lify the ef­fects but un­for­tu­nately he’d no chance.

“He sur­vived for a cou­ple of weeks af­ter he was poisoned but had a hor­ren­dous time.

“It got to the stage where I thought about putting him out of his mis­ery but he then passed away.

“He’s buried about 10 yards away from where I stay.

“It was a sad ac­ci­dent but he was much-loved dur­ing his short life.”

Mir­ren be­came a hit just af­ter he was born when Jai started tak­ing him on walks to lo­cal pubs us­ing a dog lead. While Jai had a beer, Mir­ren would drink for­mula milk and nib­ble on daisies at the Com­mer­cial pub in Kil­birnie and the Three Churches in Lochwin­noch.

Jai added: “I lived with him from when he was born. He was one of a triplet and his mum just dis­carded him.

“She was kick­ing him away and I heard him scream­ing.

“He was just skin and bone at one point and I thought he was dead. I felt his heart beat and spent four weeks nurs­ing him.

“He was al­most six months old and was a good wee pal – every­one is miss­ing him.

“Mir­ren loved go­ing for walks and get­ting ex­er­cise. He would come with me when I went to the shops.

“He was great com­pany and wagged his tail when happy.

“Ever ybody loved him and wanted their photo taken with him.”

ADORABLE Wee Mir­ren SADLY MISSED Jai be­side cairn. Left, Mir­ren meets lo­cals on a day out in Ayr

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